Nancy Paris is the Director of MAKE+ and Product and Process Applied Research Team (PART) at BCIT. She is also the Co-founder of Scalpel Innovation Inc. – a venture funded team of innovators with more than 50 years of combined experience in medical device research, design, manufacturing and evaluation. Alongside her team, Nancy Paris conceptualized and created the Slide-Scalpel™ – a safety-engineered scalpel handle developed using surgeon and nurse preferences as a starting point.
Nancy Paris is an accomplished researcher and product developer with over twenty-five years of experience in developing proposals, grants, and contracts to conduct applied research projects and build applied research infrastructure. Her areas of expertise include the product development process, medical and assistive devices, and health technology research. She has received funding from private sector companies, NSERC, Western Economic Diversification and WorkSafeBC. She is also an inventor of the PROSTALAC Hip Replacement System which was licensed to Depuy of Johnson and Johnson in 1999.
In 2009 Nancy was awarded the Advanced Technology Award from the Applied Science Technologist and Technicians of BC for leadership in the advancement of medical and assistive devices. This was also the year, Engineers Canada bestowed the designation of Fellow upon Ms. Paris in honour of exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada. In 2013 she was awarded the BCIT Employee Excellence Award for Applied Research.